Frequently Asked Questions

What is Early Start?

Purdue Early Start is an innovative opportunity for admitted students to complete up to 9 credits before the start of a student’s freshman year at Purdue. This program is designed to give students a jumpstart on their college career and put them on a pathway to success. 

How do I switch to Early Start?

Students who have accepted their offer of admission for Fall 2021 may request to switch to Early Start by submitting the “Early Start” form under the Reply Forms tab in their admissions application portal (when logging in, use the email address you provided on your admission application, not your address). A screenshot is included below. If you have any questions, please email us at


 What are the benefits of Early Start?

- Get ahead in your studies by completing up to 9 credit hours. Students in many majors can utilize one or more future Summer Sessions to increase return on investment by graduating early. 

- Add a second major or multiple minors without increasing time to graduation.

- A more relaxed and intimate environment will provide students a chance to adjust to college living and to the rigor of college-level classes.

- Develop supporting relationships that will last throughout your time at Purdue.

What are the dates?

The five-week session spans July 12 to August 13. Move-in will occur on Friday, July 9th.

Where will I live?

If you are choosing to live on campus, you will live in Shreve Hall during summer - you will have air conditioning! You must sign and complete both Fall and Summer housing contracts. Students will move into their fall rooms by August 9th to allow time to prepare space for the fall semester. If you are not attending Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), there is a $32 per day charge to keep your things in your new room during the four days you do not have a housing contract. 

Students may also complete online coursework or commute from home.

Can I switch residence halls for fall?

Yes, all students will switch halls for the academic year. In order to switch residence halls, you must complete two separate housing contracts - one for summer and one for the academic year (Fall/Spring). Students will move to their fall assignment by August 8th to prepare your summer room for the fall semester. If you are not attending Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), there is a $32 per day charge to keep your things in your new room during the four days you do not have a housing contract. 

Can I participate in Early Start and still join a Learning Community (for example, EPICS)?

Yes, Learning Community placements will be made during May and your academic advisor will help you plan summer and fall courses during STAR.

Can international students participate in Early Start?

International students who are, or will be, inside the United States and wish to participate in Early Start at the West Lafayette campus must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours.  No more than three credits hours delivered in an online or distance format may count toward the minimum enrollment requirement.  Students traveling from outside the United States must be physically present in the United States by Thursday, July 1 to complete the mandatory 7-day self-quarantine process. 

International students who opt to participate in Early Start from outside the United States, via the fully online format, may not enter the United States more than 30 days before the start of the fall 2021 semester.

How much does it cost?

There is no additional program fee to start during summer - you simply pay the traditional cost for tuition and fees while housing and 13 meals per week are offered at a discounted rate. You can find this information here . Full-time tuition for two summers is equal to full-time tuition for one fall or spring semester so utilizing an additional summer to graduate early, when possible, is a great way to increase your return on investment during college!

Which courses will I take?

A list of course options is available here.  An academic advisor will help you plan summer and fall courses during STAR.

Can I have a job while doing Early Start?

Yes. Check out  this website for links to popular on-campus employment sites. 

Do I need to register for STAR and/or BGR?

Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) will begin in May.

You will be planning your Summer and Fall courses with the assistance of an academic advisor during  Virtual Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration . Students who have accepted their offers of admission will be enrolled in VSTAR automatically. This includes students who have already registered for an on-campus STAR date. You are also expected to register yourself for  Boiler Gold Rush (BGR)  – Purdue’s orientation week that takes place between the end of Early Start and the beginning of fall courses. Room and Board for the four days between housing contracts is included in the BGR fee.

May I have my car on campus?

During Early Start, yes you may have a car. Early Start students may park in University Residences lots until August 13th without a permit.  Students may also pay to park at meters across campus.  However, students will receive a ticket for parking in A, B, or C spaces without the proper permit. As for the fall and spring semesters, you will have to meet certain criteria in order to apply for parking permit. More information can be found  here.

Will I have help after Early Start is over?

Yes! Purdue’s  Academic Success Center  will be there for you to provide  supplemental instruction (SI), Success Coaches, and your academic advisor will be available throughout your time at Purdue. Why should you attend SI during the fall and spring semesters? On average,  95% of students who attended SI session regularly (8 or more times) earned a  C or better in the course. About half of those students earned an  A or B.  89% of students also believed their course grade would have been lower if they did not attend SI. SI is extremely beneficial for courses such as biology, chemistry, and mathematics. 

How do I pay for tuition?

You can pay online at the  Bursar's Office website . More information can be found on our  Costs page .  Also, we encourage you to review the add/drop calendar from the Office of the Registrar. 

What will we do for fun?

While focusing on academics is important, it's also important to have fun during college! Students completing coursework on campus will have the opportunity to attend campus events, enjoy the co-rec, and participate in activities hosted by University Residences. 

Who do I contact with other questions?

Please call us at (765) 496-7193 or email us at

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